Originally Posted by kcebcj
If you take the weather fighting characteristics out of the equation which is the better barrel? I have no experience with Stainless barrels. Which barrel will have the longer life or are they pretty much equal? Do they clean up the same (when fouled) or is one better then the other?
Thanks for your comments in advance.
In my opinion there is not much difference in accuracy if properly made between the two.
The stainless seems to have an edge on barrel ware and is not as effected by harsh cleaning
solvents. And under hunting conditions they don't have to be cared for quite as often as
Years ago the chrome moly barrels were definitely better because the barrel makers did not
have the technique for making stainless down pat. (hart was the only one that seemed to
have it wired).Now they all make good barrels,and some barrel makers only offer there barrels
In the end the stainless barrels may end up being cheaper because of the cost of bluing the
chrome moly barrels, and bluing or even painting only protects the outside.
I use stainless on the black powder rifles for the same reason and parkerize or paint them.
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